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Program Modules

Medical Biophysics offers:

 Medical Biophysics also offers Concurrent Degrees in:

Note: Check the Academic Calendar for New courses and modules which will be available in Sept 2013


Students planning to take Medical Biophysics Modules will need 1.0 first year courses in:
Biology (1001A, 1002B, 1201A, 1202B or the former 1222, 1223)
Physics (1028A/B and 1029A/B) or ((1301A/B, 1401A/B, or 1501A/B) and (1302A/B, 1402A/B or 1502A/B))
Calculus (1000A/B or 1100A/B) and (1301A/B or 1501A/B) or Applied Math 1413
Chemistry (1100A/B, 1200B, or the former 1020, 1050, 023)

For the modules, minimum course marks and averages for the courses are required.


2nd YEAR

Medical Sciences Pathway...

To get a Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Honors Medical Biophysics, you must include Organic Chemistry (Chem. 2213A/B) and Biochemistry (Biochem. 2280A) in the 9.5 courses required for the honors specialization module. These are usually taken in second year along with the required physics, calculus, biology and statistics courses. For students who took Physics 1028A/B and 1029A/B in first year, the new courses, Medical Biophysics 2128A/B and 2129A/B can be used to satisfy the second year Physics requirement.

Physical Sciences Pathway...

The Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Medical Biophysics does not require biochemistry, organic chemistry or biology courses, so a wider range of options are available within the module for students who wish, for instance, to strengthen their physics, mathematics or computing skills. Physics 2101A/B and 2102A/B are the preferred Physics courses for this module

Clinical Physics Pathway...

The Clinical Physics Honors Specialization,  leading to a BMSc degree, is for students who are planning for a future in medical physics in a hospital setting (see grad program). The module has a greater physics component and requires Physics 2101A/B, 2102A/B and 2110 A/B as well as Physiology 3120.



3rd YEAR

For students in all modules, these courses are taken in third year along with optional courses approved for the module. With permission, these courses may be taken in year 2.

3330F Human & Animal Biomechanics Required for most modules, optional for Specializtion and Minor.
3336G Human & Animal Interactions with the Physical Environment Available option for all modules except Major and HSP Clin. Phys.
3501F Biophysics of Transport Systems Required for all modules except Minor where 3503G or 3507G optional.
3503G Fundamentals of Digital Imaging
3505F Mathematical Transforms in Medical Biophysics
3507G Analysis of Oxygen Transport in Biological Systems
3970Z General Biophysics Laboratory Required for Honors Specializations and Major, optional for Specialization

The Honors Specialization (Clinical Physics) also requires 3 physics courses in 3rd or 4th year.

4th YEAR

Students in both Honors Specializations must take Medical Biophysics 4970, Projects in Biophysics and the course is restricted to those students. The number of other 4 th year courses varies with the module. None are required for the Minor.

4455A/B Biological Control Systems                 

Two of these courses are required for the Honors Specializations and Major modules.

Up to two more can be used as options for the Honors Specialization (Physical Sciences Concentration)

4467A/B or 4535A/B is required for the Specialization (non honors) with the other and 4475A/B as options

4445A/B Digital Image Processing
4467A/B Radiobiology and Radionuclides
4535A/B Hemodynamics
4475A/B Advanced Medical Imaging



Projects in Biophysics


Required for students in the Honors Specializations. (course weight - 1.5)

4971E is for students in the Clin. Phys. HSP



  • For the Medical Sciences Concentration, the Honors Specialization is relatively fixed, with few options to choose from within the 9.5 courses for the module.
  • For the Physical Sciences Concentration Honors Specialization, 1.5 of the courses can be chosen from a much wider range of options.
  • For the Specialization, 2.5 courses are options, and for the Minor, 3 courses can be chosen from options.
  • The Major is concentrated on Medical Biophysics and all 6 courses are required.




Important News for 2014 Graduate Applicants

In Your Statement of Intent, 
please indicate in which area(s) of graduate research you are interested & why your academic and research background has attributes relevant to your intention to pursue a graduate degree in Medical Biophysics.

If you are a domestic applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.

If you are applying to the PhD Med Biop Clin MSc CAMPEP Accredited stream of the Medical Biophysics graduate program - START HERE

If you are an international applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.

MUST READ: Graduate Chair's Notes for All MBP Students

The Top 10 Things A MBP Graduate Student Needs To Know (presented by Baraa Al-Khazraji, senior PhD student)

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Western's Learning Skills Services for Graduate Students offers excellent advice and counselling about balancing the challenges of conducting research, writing your dissertation, and maintaining a personal life. An effective example of their services is tips on time management

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